Supporting and advocating for appropriate education for the gifted and talented of Massachusetts



     The mission of MAGE is to support and advance the understanding of gifted children and their special needs, to promote the establishment of programs, services and opportunities for gifted students, and to encourage the exchange of information pertaining to gifted individuals among educators, parents, policy-makers and students on the national, state and local level.

     We recognize the need to provide access and opportunities for an appropriate education that meets the special needs of high-potential children of all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds throughout Massachusetts. An appropriate education for gifted students allows them to develop their full potential and thereby enhance their contributions to society.


     Gifted and talented learners have unique potential and diverse needs that deserve to be recognized, supported, and respected. We envision a time when teachers and parents are all trained to understand and help bright students reach their potential in the most effective way possible. We envision a time when an equitable, appropriate, and challenging education, aligned with their potential, is delivered to all children.

What do we mean by Gifted?

     The term "gifted and talented", when used with respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities. 

As defined in Federal Law: P.L. 107-110 Title IX Definition 22; 20 USC 7801 22 (2004).

History - 40 Years of Commitment to Gifted Education

The Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE) was founded in 1976 as an organization of parents, educators, and other individuals who wished to foster the growth and development of gifted and talented individuals in Massachusetts. It continues to run as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. MAGE is the Massachusetts affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children.

MAGE and Massachusetts Law

    The goals of MAGE align with Massachusetts General Law Title XII, Chapter 69, section 1, which states the following:

“It is hereby declared to be a paramount goal of the commonwealth to provide a public education system of sufficient quality to extend to all children…the opportunity to reach their full potential and to lead lives as participants in the political and social life of the commonwealth and as contributors to its economy. It is therefore the intent of this title to ensure: (1) that each public school classroom provides the conditions for all pupils to engage fully in learning as an inherently meaningful and enjoyable activity without threats to their sense of security or self-esteem, (2) a consistent commitment of resources sufficient to provide a high quality public education to every child, (3) a deliberate process for establishing and achieving specific educational performance goals for every child, and (4) an effective mechanism for monitoring progress toward those goals and for holding educators accountable for their achievement.”


Regarding the law quoted above, MAGE is particularly concerned about those individuals who demonstrate special talents, gifts and/or aptitudes. It is important that the state and its people recognize and nurture these students for the sake of the individuals as well as the future of the Commonwealth. It is imperative that these children are not held back by grade-level standards nor should they have to wait for other students to catch up. Each learner should have at least least one of year educational growth for each year spent in school.

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